Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty opened the fall sitting of the legislature by delivering the Throne Speech that outlines the priorities for the government in the upcoming legislative session.
“Growth that Works for Everyone” is the title of this year’s Throne Speech and the government makes the connection between economic development which makes it possible to pay for enhanced healthcare and social programs. This is a link that Premier Moe and, before him, Premier Wall, have been making for many years.
To lessen the pressure on the healthcare system the government will focus on the creation of new nursing positions throughout the health region, recruitment missions and retention initiatives. The approach supports the notion that government is determined to improve healthcare in the province.
The Throne Speech included some other key initiatives, including the made in Saskatchewan carbon offset program which will allow Saskatchewan’s industrial emitters to reduce their carbon tax obligations through adopting measures aimed at offsetting their total emissions.
Another measure announced today, is the Saskatchewan Marshall service. The Throne Speech described it as a new police agency that will work with the RCMP to enhance law enforcement in the province. This is not a big surprise as the Premier has hinted it about it for several months.
The government also announced that it will introduce legislation to allow the province to collect corporate income tax. This is a measure designed to enhance Saskatchewan’s autonomy vis a vis the federal government.
The legislature will have a new face, Saskatoon Meewasin will be represented by the NDP in Oppostion with Nathaniel Teed, a local businessowner. The recent byelection was the result of the departure of Ryan Meili, the former leader of the opposition
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